HSE statistics for 2019/20 show fewest work-related fatalities on record

The HSE has now published its annual work-related fatality statistics for 2019/20, which seem to suggest that employers are making good progress when it comes to making workplaces safer. Get your FREE consultation In some welcome good news given the current risk control challenges presented by COVID-19, the provisional data shows a significant drop in […]

Coronavirus | Statutory sick pay (SSP) FAQs

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 11 March 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

Why are employers losing the battle against bullying?

With the government rocked by allegations of bullying against Home Secretary Priti Patel, employers are faced with a difficult question: are we overlooking similar behaviour in our workplace? More synonymous with school playgrounds, bullying at work is all too often disregarded. In actual fact, according to an illuminating report by CIPD, 15% of workers have […]

3 health and safety disasters that cost employers thousands

If you follow health and safety even somewhat closely, you’ll know how alarmingly common accidents in the workplace are. Not a week goes by without a Health and Safety Executive bulletin bringing to our attention a long list of new safety catastrophes – and highlighting the significant costs that may result from a sub-par safety management system. […]

New year, new fines | January’s top 5 health and safety penalties

Not a month goes by without harrowing reports of fatalities or serious injury in the workplace. These stories emphasise that, despite the UK’s world-leading position in health and safety, there is still much to be done in 2020 to drive down the figures and ultimately ensure people return home safely at the end of the working […]

Warehouse safety | 8 practical ways to reduce risk

Despite being dangerous places to work, warehouse businesses sometimes fail to manage risk properly. This is because they take a ‘general’ approach to warehouse safety. In reality, warehousing work creates numerous specific and unique health and safety hazards that need to be identified and properly managed in order to prevent harm. Get your FREE consultation […]

Fake news? | 5 common health and safety myths busted

Ever heard that health and safety law bans sandals in the office? Or that Christmas lights are no longer allowed in the workplace? Well, as Donald Trump would say, it’s fake news. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is often misquoted by the media to give the impression that workers can’t do […]

Government confirms statutory bereavement leave for parents from April 2020

From 6 April 2020, any parent who suffers a stillbirth or loses a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory bereavement leave. Inspired by the heartbreaking stories of parents who were forced to worked through the grief of losing a child, the new laws are described by ministers as […]

SCHOOLS | 8 ways to keep your classrooms health and safety compliant

Children flourish in a safe and secure learning environment – and this starts in the classroom. Pupils and teachers spend most of their day in the classroom, and while not inherently a high-risk environment, ensuring risk is properly assessed and managed is essential to fulfilling your duty of care.  But where do you start with […]